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Mesut Ozil to miss Germany friendly

Mesut Ozil to miss Germany friendly

Germany international Mesut Ozil will miss his team’s final friendly tomorrow.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will miss Germany’s final warm-up game on Friday with a knee injury but the attacking midfielder’s participation in the World Cup is not in danger, according to the German Football Federation.

Ozil, 29, will sit out the friendly against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen with light bruising to his left knee but he was able to participate in training on Thursday.

The midfielder, who picked up the injury on Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat to Austria, has not taken part in full training over the last four days at Germany’s pre-World Cup camp in Eppan, north Italy.

“It’s nothing dramatic, we just don’t want to take any risk and he was able to sprint in training. I assume he will be OK for the World Cup,” said Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff.

Mesut, who finished the 2017/18 season with a back injury, faces a race to get his knee ready for his team’s first World Cup game against Mexico in Moscow on June 17 having also drawn South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

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